- October 29th, 2021, 7:27 am
Eric has been such a disappointment for a couple of years. His books on Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer were good. I didn't read Luther because I was mad at him for Donald Builds the Wall! and some of his radio show guests, but I'm getting over it now and will probably go back and read Luther. Still trying to decide whether to read his latest book.
Eric's transition over the last few years, though, is what a person like Prevo can't understand. I will assume Prevo has a hunger for God in the average evangelical person in the pew sense, but that is not the same hunger for God that a president of a university needs. Just as I'm sure Prevo wanted to be the best pastor he could be for the glory of God, a Christian university president has to want to be the best university president for the glory of God, not pastor serving as president sense. I'm afraid he doesn't see the difference. Jerry always said, "If its going to be Christian, it has to be better." I actually believed that when he would say it, I've reminded myself of it many times when I wanted to quit, and I teach my kids the same quote. Its time for LU to live up to it.
Someone close to a couple of board members told me that the president of LU position is a glorified fund raiser. I don't know if they got that from a board member or if that was their belief, but in a university that is only partly true and shows a very narrow understanding of the academic world. If a president wants to define their role as just a fund raiser and setter of the spiritual tone, then they have to have an academic stud at the provost position. You can't have both with spotty or only internal academic experience. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure Prevo and Hicks are great Christian men, but that doesn't make them a great university president or provost. To quote Owen Wilson, "We might want to be a pimps from LA or a cowboys from Oklahoma, but we're not." They (the board) need to look at these positions and put great Christian men or women in them that fit the needs of the positions.